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  1. Wen defends rights record after grilling

    Posted Apr 07th 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... on the human rights issue. Liu Yi, a practitioner who left the mainland in 2002 bound for New Zealand for greater freedom to practise Falun Gong, said he did not agree with Mr Wen that the Chinese ...

  2. Wu Yi sees a tight WHO race

    Posted Sep 26th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez, Winnie Yeung

    ... Winnie Yeung in Changsha and Mary Ann Benitez Margaret Chan facing strong contenders, says vice-premier Vice-Premier Wu Yi has described the chances of former Hong Kong health director Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun securing the World Health Organisation's top job as tight in the face of strong contenders. But despite her reservations, Ms Wu still has every confidence in Dr Chan ...

  3. 'We were just happy. It was like meeting the emperor'

    Posted Apr 30th 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... How much is a photograph with the Chinese president worth? To the business tycoons of Seattle, US$20,000 was considered a real bargain. The sum got them two seats at a high-profile dinner at billionaire Bill Gates' residence earlier this month. And e ...

  4. Education talk

    Posted Apr 07th 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Premier Wen Jiabao emphasised the importance of education to any modern society in an address to about 180 overseas Chinese and embassy staff in Wellington yesterday. Two of the central government's recent accomplishments were abolishing the agricult ...

  5. Audience moved as 'people's premier' takes stand

    Posted Apr 04th 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Before beginning a speech to about 400 overseas Chinese and embassy staff in Canberra yesterday, Premier Wen Jiabao offered his seat to an elderly man at the Australian capital's Hyatt Hotel. 'Those who are older than 70, please take a seat. We ...

  6. Wen charms students during university tour

    Posted Apr 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... As he does on many of his overseas visits, Premier Wen Jiabao began the first morning of his Australian tour with a 6am jog, making use of a park close to his hotel in Perth. He was quick to share his admiration for the country's clean air in an impr ...

  7. Beyond symbols, not much expected from US summit

    Posted Mar 24th 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Analysts say it's a tough time for Hu to visit America President Hu Jintao and US President George W. Bush are unlikely to break any new ground on issues troubling the two countries when they meet next month in Washington, according to some American ...

  8. Beijing urged to solve delta's air-traffic woes

    Posted Mar 08th 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... The central government has been asked to step in to co-ordinate airspace management in the Pearl River Delta, in a bid to ease air-traffic congestion and increase efficiency of the aviation industry. 'It's amazing that eight years after the resu ...

  9. Madame Wu's lesson for the historically challenged

    Posted Dec 16th 2006, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo The burden of history weighs heavily on Vice-Premier Wu Yi. Why else would she open trade talks with a high-powered US delegation this week with a PowerPoint presentation ... awake, most of whom had years of experience on Wall Street and advanced degrees in economics but, alas, not in history. However, some western analysts observed that Madame Wu's presentation ...

  10. Reality check

    Posted Dec 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... At the start of top-levels talks with the US this week, vice-president Wu Yi said Americans harbour 'much misunderstanding about the reality in China'. Living in Hong Kong, how would you explain the reality in China? Write to us ...




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